A collection of Liberal Hand-Wringers (LHW) directed from the White House and extending down to the sewers of Chicago and many other cities now infects all levels of the Democratic Party. These LHW folks listen to the White House lies and misdirections on every topic, then they pass them along as though they were etchings on granite tablets. This is tearing the fabric of American character in ways that were unimaginable just a few decades ago. A few examples of this phenomenon are in order.
Where to start?
How about Gun Control.
Joe Biden burnished his image among the anti-gun zealots with “shotgun pronouncements” that were idiotic enough to make a sane person cringe. Putting a double-barrel 16-gauge gun in the hands of a 120-pound wife and Mom in a stressful situation and then telling her to fire each barrel into the backyard sky or through a closed door is an invitation for disaster. Most weapons of this class will be too heavy for a small lady to handle safely, and the kick might well knock her over. Still more problematic, those noises at the side door she just blasted might be a pizza delivery guy or an intoxicated neighbor fumbling at the wrong home. But Democrats assume arrogantly that they know best on all topics, especially when it makes them look “snarky” to their Chablis-swilling, lift-pinky buddies.
Please, Joe, just shut up. You’re a national embarrassment, and no help whatsoever to either side of any issue.
Sadly, Obama himself is even worse. He does not discuss firearms with Joe’s zeal for detail. Instead, he makes carefully-worded and completely empty promises for citizen safety if only Congress will pass his legislative proposals. Obama’s use of Newtown parents of massacred children as stage props makes his unsupportable promises all the more heinous. Nothing proposed in any gun control legislation will guarantee any child or teacher protection from another shooter exactly like Newtown’s Adam Lanza. In fact, more than three months after Sandy Hook, NRA President Wayne LaPierre’s admonition to put armed and trained guards in every school is still the only concrete measure to provide real security. Interestingly, while LHWs and various pundits have been wailing over the prospect of more guns in schools, a few school districts are quietly adopting Mr. LaPierre’s recommendation. For their own personal protection, law-abiding Americans should have the right to select whatever firearms and ammo magazines work best for them, with virtually no government interference. The key words in that sentence are “law-abiding”. They make all the difference.
What’s the underlying theme? LHWs want someone else, someone competent, to “make it all better” while relieving them of any need to take personal action. But LaPierre’s prophetic words demand that someone take personal responsibility: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” In fact, to this point exactly, a proper government should want a significant majority of Americans to be armed, trained and ready to help defend the homeland at a moment’s notice. This is exactly the “well regulated militia” envisioned by our 2nd Amendment. LHWs don’t get it.
We have also seen articles describing how we are becoming wimps and crybabies, folks who are generally unable to take care of themselves. One article by Sean Aland “Are We A Nation of Crybabies?” questions the debate in Congress over the propriety of the name “Redskins” for the DC football team. What, they got nothing else to do in Congress? Mr. Aland’s article also notes the political correctness flowing sanctimoniously around Sandra Fluke, public symbols of Christianity, and satanic TV characters that look like Barack Obama. None of these compare favorably to the “fresh air” we enjoy from Allen West and Dr. Ben Carson. All of this beg the question, “Where’s the beef?” They are issues trumped up by thoroughly incompetent, wimpy, LHW fools with a political axe to grind and nothing productive to do. Perhaps worst of all, we could talk for hours about NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s nanny-state edicts on big drinks, trans-fats, cigarettes, Styrofoam cups, and on and on. But do we really need someone to hold our hand as we cross the streets of our daily lives? Are we that incompetent? Will we ever solve any problems without expecting more from citizens?
Then there is this example of LHW idiocy from New Hampshire. In the Windham school district, the game of dodgeball has been redefined as “bullying” and “creating human targets”. So they have banned dodgeball. Apparently there was only one school board member, Dennis Senibaldi, who saw this ban in the proper light: “We have rules that are set in place to deal with bullying,” he said. “We don’t need to ban an entire round of games just to enforce those rules.” Duh! Thanks, Dennis.
Those of us who played dodgeball as kids recall it as an exciting, competitive game that enhanced one’s agility, reaction time, circumspection, and physical fitness. Bullying was kept out by the teacher or camp counselor who simply accepted the responsibilities of a normal adult. Again, LHWs want someone else, someone competent, to absolve them of any personal action. Doggone it, grow up! Take charge! Do your job!
But there is no more fitting example of LHW wussification than the Keystone XL pipeline. The Canadians are our friends. They are far more trustworthy business partners than Saudi Arabia or Venezuela. A Canadian company, TransCanada, will invest their money to build the pipeline. It will either be routed south to serve us, or west to support sales to China. Either way, their oil will be produced, shipped and used somewhere. Without the Canadian oil, we will buy oil from Saudi Arabia. So there is no difference in the environmental impact of producing the oil, either way. Right now, oil is already being shipped south by rail. And pipelines already exist in this region. The total cost of production is surely much lower to pump it down from Canada than to ship it here from overseas on supertankers. Labor unions are desperate to see the tens of thousands of jobs the XL project will bring, and towns along the pipeline route would be delighted to have construction workers’ paychecks spent in hotels, stores and restaurants.
But no, Obama owes favors to his enviro-fanatic, tree-hugging, CO2-hating, Hollywood-gushing, LHW supporters. So he’s dragged his feet again and again… and again. Until recently he could blame Nebraska’s governor Dane Heinemann for dragging his feet to get the routing done to everyone’s satisfaction. But now Obama gets to blame the State Department for the latest delay, as though they don’t work for him.
Unfortunately we’ve had no real leadership on any energy projects of strategic national importance throughout the Obama presidency. This is especially true for projects involving energy from fossil fuels. Obama’s team has spent billions on shaky green-energy companies with hardly two seconds of analysis, especially when it benefits donors to his campaign. But production of oil, natural gas or coal? No, they fall into the category of “kill them any way you can”, especially if Obama can claim credit for doing something beneficial or can blame someone else for doing something painful. During WWII, how long did we delay getting the Alaska-Canadian highway built? All 1700 miles were completed during March thru October of 1942. How long did we delay the Trans-Alaska Pipeline when it was so obviously needed? After the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, this 800 mile pipeline was built through arctic tundra in three years, 1974-1977. Proper leadership got these mammoth projects done expeditiously, and the country benefited greatly. And here we are on the verge of America leading a new world energy order: oil from sands, from shale and from fracking, natural gas from fracking, and still a bazillion tons of coal available- if we can only find the political courage to develop them!
Traditional American values are being lost as incompetent, Liberal Hand-Wringers look for someone else to take action. Equally problematic, the logic skills of these LHWs are as undeveloped as their values. This means it is almost impossible to explain to most Democrats why they are wrong on any given issue without on-the-spot training in American history, civics, and logic. But these same LHWs have elected a Senate and a President who are no more competent than the LHW voters, themselves. Obama in particular was elected with no resume, no life skills in the military or business, and apparently no history of dirt ever getting under his fingernails. He himself greatly prefers campaigning and golfing to actually working- even though his job only requires a suit, a tie, and shiny shoes.
God, please help us regain our traditional American “go get ‘em” spirit in January of 2017.